Tommy Keene unexpectedly died on Nov. 22 at age 59. Just two months earlier, we had the great fortune to interview the power pop icon over drinks and dinner at Villain & Saint in Tommy’s hometown of Bethesda, Md. He was just off a tour opening for Matthew Sweet, and this may be Tommy Keene’s final interview. In this first of three parts, Tommy talks about his early days in the Razz and other bands, before his solo career began.
Peter Searcy, formerly of cult band Squirrel Bait, joins by phone to talk about being asked to perform with Dave Grohl at a recent Foo Fighters show. Plus, conversation about life as a teenage punk singer, Squirrel Bait’s impact, Peter’s follow-up band Big Wheel and his latest solo album “Leave it All Out There.”
Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and her amazing voice join Rockin’ the Suburbs for a backstage interview at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. Nicole discusses the turmoil in her life that led to the songs on her latest album, “Goodnight Rhonda Lee.” Plus, she talks about working with Tommy Stinson and the benefits of knowing one very famous New Jerseyan.
Roots rocker JD McPherson has just released his most ambitious album, “Undivided Heart & Soul,” with touches of garage rock, soul and new wave. We talked with JD backstage before a show at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. He discusses his passion for early rock ‘n’ roll — and 90-minute drives to the closest record store while growing up in rural Oklahoma.